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Uriah Heep

Formed: 1969
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Uriah Heep News

Below is our complete Uriah Heep news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School: Uriah Heep

A few weeks ago, Sunday Old School took a look at British hard rock legends, UFO, one of the architects of the heavy metal sound. With the recent passing of their bass player, it seemed like an opportune time to examine another English band that helped define the heavy style, Uriah Heep. The band was initially formed under the moniker, Spice by guitarist Mick Box and singer, David Garrick, who met while members of another band called, The Stalkers. They rounded up the lineup with the additions of Scottish drummer, Alex Napier and bass player, Paul Newton. They performed regularly, working their reputation up to being a regular headline act and soon led them to sign with Vertigo Records, whereupon they decided to change their name, deciding to go with "Uriah Heep" after the character from the Charles Dickens novel, "David Copperfield," since "Dickens’ name was everywhere in Christmas 1969 due to it being the hundredth anniversary of his death." It was also around this time that the group decided to add a keyboardist to the mix, inspired by another early heavy band, Vanilla Fudge, a position which was eventually filled by Ken Hensley, who previously played with Newton in The Gods.

They released their debut album in 1970, which was self-titled in the United States but was known everywhere else as, "Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble," which was a reference to a phrase frequently said by the Uriah Heep character in "David Copperfield." Although the album has found favour over time and contains one of their trademark songs, "Gypsy," it initially received a very frosty reception. Cold enough in fact, that Rolling Stone reviewer, Melissa Mills opened her review of the album with, "If this band makes it, I’ll have to commit suicide." The band followed, "Very ‘eavy…" by releasing, "Salisbury," a progressive rock record if ever there was one, exemplified by the sixteen minute long title track, in which the group were accompanied by a twenty four piece orchestra. Like their debut, it also featured one of their best known songs, this time, "Lady in Black," which would become a hit in Germany when it was re-released six years later. The album itself was not received much better than it’s predecessor, but nevertheless, generated enough interest to allow Uriah Heep to tour the United States for the first time, where they joined Three Dog Night and Canadian rockers, Steppenwolf. More...

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Uriah Heep Bass Player Passes Away

British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have announced that bass player, Trevor Bolder, has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was sixty two years old.

Bolder was previously a member of David Bowie's band, The Spiders From Mars, before joining Uriah Heep in 1976 and remaining with the group until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a break. A message from his bandmates reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. More...

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Uriah Heep Posts New Music Video Online

Hard rock legends Uriah Heep have posted their new music video online for the song, "Nail On The Head." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Into The Wild," which will be released through Frontiers Records on April 15th in Europe, with a North American release of May 3rd to follow.

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Uriah Heep Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Progressive hard rock veterans Uriah Heep have revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming new studio album. The album, titled "Into the Wild," is set for release on May 3, 2011 in North America through Frontiers Records. You can view the tracklisting for the album below:

1. Nail On The Head
2. I Can See You
3. Into The Wild
4. Money Talk
5. Trail Of Diamonds
6. Lost
7. Believe
8. Southern Star
9. I'm Ready
10. T-bird Angel
11. Kiss Of Freedom

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Uriah Heep Reveals New Live Album Tracklisting

British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have revealed the front cover artwork of their forthcoming new live album, "Official Bootleg Volume Three - Live In Kawasaki Japan 2010." You can check it out below. The record will be released through Phantom Records on March 29th and will feature the following track listing:

1. Wake The Sleeper
2. Overload
3. Bird Of Prey
4. Stealin’
5. Love In Silence
6. The Wizard
7. Traveller In Time
8. Easy Livin’
9. Poets Justice
10. Circle Of Hands
11. Rainbow Demon
12. All My Life
13. Paradise'/'Spell
14. Rain
15. Free ‘N’ Easy
16. Gypsy
17. Look At Yourself
18. Angels Walk With You
19. Shadow
20. July Morning
21. Lady In Black More...

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Uriah Heep Guitarist Comments On Gary Moore

Mick Box, guitarist for British hard rock veterans Uriah Heep, has posted the following statement online regarding he passing of guitar legend Gary Moore:

"On Sunday it was very sad to read that Gary Moore had died. I was most upset, as I have known Gary for many years, and he is a wonderful guitarist and friend. He will be sadly missed, but he leaves us with a wonderful legacy of music, and my heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace, my friend!"

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Henry Rollins And More Pay Tribute To Gary Moore

As was reported yesterday, guitar hero and former Thin Lizzy axeman Gary Moore has passed away. Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in from fans and peers alike. Former Black Flag frontman and spoken word artist Henry Rollins stated:

"He was too young to go, those Lizzy recordings with Moore were as good as it gets. His solo records were rocking."

Former Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow and Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley commented: "It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Gary Moore in this way. His passing has come as a sad and terrible shock and I have difficulty believing that he’s gone. I have many fond memories of our years together, both in the workplace of music and as friends. I have love and respect for Gary as a musician and as a person, he was one of the greatest. Farewell and rest in peace Gary my friend." More...

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Uriah Heep Announces U.S. Tour

Veteran progressive rock act Uriah Heep has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

June 14 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
June 15 - Riverbend Festival - Chattanooga,TN
June 17 - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts - Kettering, OH
June 18 - Rams Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
June 19 - State Theater - Sun Falls Church, VA
June 20 - Sellersville - Sellersville, PA
June 22 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
June 23 - Showcase Live - Foxborough, MA
June 24 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
June 25 - Ridgefield Play House - Ridgefield, CT
June 27 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
Aug. 12 - Rocking the Rivers - Three Forks, MT
Aug. 14 - Mayo Park - Rochester, MN

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Uriah Heep Signs With Frontiers Records

Progressive hard rock veterans Uriah Heep have announced they have signed with Frontiers Records. The signing comes in time for the band to record and release a 23rd studio album, which is expected for release in April of 2011. Guitarist and founding member Mick Box commented on the signing by saying:

"We are delighted and excited to be joining the Frontiers roster. We see it as a really fantastic move and we are now fully immersed in recording process and hope to deliver the album they want, we want and the fans want."

You can also view footage from the studio below.

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Uriah Heep Prepares New Live Album

Iconic heavy prog rockers Uriah Heep have revealed details concerning the band's upcoming live album titled "Official Bootleg Volume II – Live in Budapest, Hungary 2010." The new live set will be a part of a continuous series.

The band commented by saying:
"This is an official bootleg recording from our concert in the Petofi Hall, Budapest Hungary, on the 4th May 2010. There are going to be many more recordings from around the world, as this will be an ongoing series, giving fans the chance to hear the band in many different countries. These recordings are true official bootlegs in every sense and they reflect that nights performance as it happened, totally untouched. You can almost feel that you are at the concert, so put the CD on, turn it up loud, close your eyes and enjoy a night in Budapest with Uriah Heep.

"Official Bootleg Volume II – Live in Budapest, Hungary 2010" tentative tracklisting:
1. Wake The Sleeper
2. Return to Fantasy
3. Only Human
4. Book Of Lies
5. Bird Of Prey
6. Corridors of Madness
7. Love in Silence
8. Rain
9. Wizard
10. Free Me
11. Sunrise
12. Free ‘n’ Easy
13. Angels Walk With You
14. July Morning
15. Easy Livin’
16. Lady In Black

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Blaze Bayley
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
L.A. Guns
Michael Schenker Group
Paul Di'anno
Pretty Boy Floyd
Skid Row
Tank
UFO
Uriah Heep

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Venom And UFO Added To High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Uriah Heep Announces European Tour Dates

UK metal band URIAH HEEP has announced the following winter 2010 European tour dates:

05.02.10 - Thessaloniki - Block 33 - Greece
06.02.10 - Athens - Gargarin 205 - Greece
11.02.10 - Rostov - Drama Theatre - Russia
12.02.10 - Krasnodar - Di Rremiera - Russia
13.02.10 - Moscow - Glav club - Russia
15.02.10 - Yekateringburg - Youth hall - Russia
15.04.10 - Neustadt Aisch - Stadthalle - Germany
16.04.10 - Colgogne - Kantine - Germany
17.04.10 - Geseke - Stadtsaal - Germany
18.04.10 - Rostock - RockNight indoor fest - Germany
20.04.10 - Ulm - Theatro club - Germany
21.04.10 - Lustenau - Reichhofsaal - Austria
22.04.10 - Worgl - Komma - Austria
23.04.10 - Graz - Seifenfabrik - Austria
24.04.10 - Bad Aibling - Hangar - Germany
25.04.10 - Karlsruhe - Durlach City Hall - Germany
27.04.10 - Glashous - Rheinach - Switzerland
28.04.10 - Glarus - Schutzenhaus - Switzerland
29.04.10 - Siggental - Silex - Switzerland
30.04.10 - Amriswil - Pentoramahalle Rocknight - Switzerland
01.05.10 - Altorf - Transilvania - Switzerland
28.05.10 - Johannesburg - Cocacoladome - South Africa
30.05.10 - Durban - Indoor Areana - South Africa
01.06.10 - Cape Town - Grand Arena - South Africa
09.07.10 - Clam - Clam rock festival - Austria
10.07.10 - Wiesen - Lovely days festival - Austria
24-25.07.10 - London - High Voltage Festival

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First Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

A brand new festival will be launched in London, England next year on July 24th and 25th. The event is scheduled to be held at Victoria Park. The festival mainly focuses on classic rock music and younger bands who play a similar style.

The current lineup is as follows:

Argent
Asia
Black Label Society
Clutch
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Focus
Foreigner
Steve Hackett
Heaven & Hell
Marillion
Pendragon
The Reasoning
Touchstone
Uriah Heep
Wishbone Ash
ZZ Top

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Sigh Vocalist Appears In Heavy Metal Cookbook

Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.

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Moonstone Project Promo Clip Posted Online

A promo clip of "Shooting Star" from the new Moonstone Project album "Rebel On The Run" has been posted on Blistering Records' Benelux MySpace page. It features the singer James Christian (House Of Lords). Other special guests include Glenn Hughes and Ian Paice from Deep Purple and Ken Hensley from Uriah Heep.

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Uriah Heep Reveal New Album Details

Universal Music has announced the release of a new studio album from British rock legends URIAH HEEP in June 2008.

"Wake The Sleeper" will be URIAH HEEP's first studio album in almost ten years (the first since 1998's "Sonic Origami") and is set to herald an exciting new phase for the band. The album sees URIAH HEEP back to their very best and is set to become a future classic — sure to please their dedicated worldwide fan base and fans of progressive rock in general. Recorded in 2007 the album was produced by Mike Paxman (STATUS QUO, JUDIE TZUKE). In the words of Mick Box, "We are delighted to be reunited with a major label in Universal music. 'Wake The Sleeper' is an album we are incredibly proud of, and one that we hope the fans will see as one of URIAH HEEP's best. We can't wait to get back out on the road to showcase the new songs."

The live arena has been vital to the longevity of URIAH HEEP. So in addition to album sales of over 30 million worldwide the band have toured in 52 countries and established themselves as consummate live performers. The band has a series of impressive firsts including being the first British rock band to play Russia in December 1987. More...

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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